Key Stage 3 English Strategy
Years 7 & 8
This award-winning novel by one of Ireland's leading children's writers was chosen to provide examplar material for the Key Stage 3 National English Strategy.
There are text units* and research units** for each year.
1. Y7 Text Unit 2. Y8 Text Unit
3. Y7 Research Unit 4. Y8 Research Unit
Four kids and a cat visit the mysterious, uninhabited Lady Island, in Famous Five style, complete with food, matches and First Aid kit.
They are expecting some danger, but nothing prepares them for their encounter with the strange inhabitant of the island.
The structure and style of the book is not unusual, taking the theme of a journey and each youngster tells a short, symbolic, story, revealing much about their lives,
in the manner of Chaucer.
What is slightly more unusual about the bookis that the characters emerge changed after their story telling during what may be considered a fairly simple and safe outing.
They emerge more mature with their own
Siobhán kindly recorded - in her kitchen - extracts from the novel used in the study units:
Ch.1 Persuading Elizabeth Ch.9 Kevin’s Tale
Ch.11 Gerard’s Tale Ch.21 After and Before.
Please contact IiS and a download link to the files (zipped mp3 format) will be sent to you.
Siobhán lives in Dublin with her woodturner husband Roger Bennett and their son Matthew, her personal proofreader. She also has connections with Loughrea, Co. Galway, and Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, where she was educated. Siobhan studied English literature and worked as an editor in the publishing and computer industries, and with a national research and development agency on housing and homelessness. She recently completed a year as Writer in Residence in the Irish Writers' Centre, and a year as Writer in Residence in the Church of Ireland College of Education. Her primary interests are reading and writing. She also sings in a choir (but quietly, in case she is found out!)